ClubsNSW Media Releases - 2011
Date: 21 December
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS...19.2
Clubs Australia is calling on the Prime Minister to deliver the one Christmas present club members want; a meaningful trial of mandatory pre-commitment on all club poker machines in the ACT.
Date: 9 December
TIM COSTELLO FORGETS ABOUT HALF MILLION DOLLAR DONATION FROM THE AUSTRALIAN HOTELS ASSOCIATION
Tim Costello has some explaining to do after a photograph emerged of him accepting a cheque from the Australian Hotels Association (NSW) for $537,000 on behalf of World Vision.
Click on image of Tim Costello accepting the cheque here.
Date: 7 December
FATHER CHRIS RILEY REJECTS MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT
Youth Off The Streets founder Father Chris Riley AM, has spoken out against Andrew Wilkie’s $3 billion mandatory pre-commitment scheme, saying the Federal Government’s focus should instead be on counselling and education.
Date: 5 December
DAVID SCHWARZ REJECTS MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT
Former AFL star and problem gambler David Schwarz has broken his silence on the Federal Government’s proposed mandatory pre-commitment laws for pubs and clubs, saying it won’t help problem gamblers or even reduce Victoria’s problem gambling rate.
Date: 29 November
WATCH OUT! BLIND CYCLIST ABOUT!
This Christmas while Australians are shopping for presents and enjoying the summer weather, one man will be riding his bicycle 1,800km from Brisbane to Melbourne to raise money for Vision Australia. Making the ride even more daunting is the fact that the cyclist is legally blind.
Date: 10 November
$3 BILLION + TO INTRODUCE $1 BET LIMITS ON POKER MACHINES
Australia’s gaming machine manufacturers today provided advice to the Gillard Government and to the Greens on the cost to introduce a $1 maximum bet limit on all Australian gaming machines.
Date: 2 November
CLUBS SUPPORT COALITION COMMITMENT TO EVIDENCE BASED GAMBLING REFORMS
Clubs Australia says the considered position of the Federal Coalition on gambling reform, and their commitment to evidence based policy is a welcome change to that of the closed door, deal making that resulted in the Government’s support for mandatory pre-commitment.
Date: 21 October
WILKIE AND XENOPHON AT ODDS ON PRE-COMMITMENT
The difficulty of convincing people that you can help problem gamblers by giving them a gambling card is getting to Senator Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie, with the pair making conflicting statements about mandatory pre-commitment's usefulness to those with a gambling addiction.
Date: 9 October
WILKIE'S POKIE LICENCE MUST BE TRIALLED
Clubs Australia has written to the Federal Government offering its support for a trial of mandatory pre-commitment in one state or territory.
Date: 25 September
AFL AND NRL REJECT WILKIE'S FOOTY TAX
Clubs Australia has welcomed the decision of the AFL and its clubs to speak out against the mandatory pre-commitment technology on poker machines being demanded by Andrew Wilkie and supported by the Federal Government.
Date: 15 September
CLUBS UP PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR WILKIE'S LICENCE TO PUNT
Clubs, hotels, casinos and poker machine manufacturers are today escalating the campaign against the Gillard Government’s support for Andrew Wilkie’s mandatory pre-commitment technology on poker machines.
Date: 14 September
CLUBS AUSTRALIA RESPONDS TO GILLARD GOVERNMENT POKIE DENIALS
Please see attached responses from Clubs Australia to Minister Jenny Macklin’s release issued earlier today regarding the failure of mandatory pre-commitment in Norway.
Date: 14 September
RSL CALLS ON PRIME MINISTER TO DUMP MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT
Clubs Australia has today welcomed a decision by the RSL to reject the mandatory pre-commitment on club poker machines being demanded by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.
Date: 14 September
MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT FAILS TO REDUCE PROBLEM GAMBLING
The Federal Government’s support for mandatory pre-commitment on club and pub poker machines has been dealt a massive blow with revelations that the problem gambling rate could rise by as much as 60% if introduced in Australia.
Date: 1 September
SALVOS REJECT MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT
The Salvation Army’s rejection of mandatory pre-commitment technology on club, hotel and casino poker machines is yet another nail in the coffin for Andrew Wilkie’s experimental reforms.
Date: 3 August
CHANGES TO CLUB TAX RATES WILL GENERATE JOBS AND FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Changes in club tax rates to be introduced into state parliament today will require clubs increase grants to community and sporting groups by $89.5 million over the next 4 years.
Date: 26 July
ANTI POKIE LICENCE RALLY DRAWS 1000 PEOPLE
More than 1000 people have packed the South Tweed Sports Club in support of a rally protesting against the Federal Government’s planned mandatory pre-commitment technology on all poker machines across Australia.
Date: 24 July
GOVERNMENT'S POKER MACHINE REFORMS SET TO COST CENTRAL WEST $35M
The Federal Government’s proposed changes to poker machines will cost businesses in the State’s central west $35 million.
Date: 20 July
GOVERNMENT'S POKER MACHINE REFORMS SET TO COST MID FAR NORTH COAST $44M
The Federal Government’s proposed changes to poker machines will cost businesses mid-Far North Coast $44 million.
Date: 8 July
CLUBS TARGET MARGINAL ELECTORATES OVER GOVERNMENT POKIE LICENCES
Clubs across 15 marginal NSW electorates will hold rallies to show Federal MPs just how devastating a "Licence To Punt" would be for local businesses and community groups.
Date: 3 July
NRL CLUBS SPEAK OUT AGAINST GOVERNMENT POKIES LAWS
NRL clubs have thrown their weight behind registered clubs in their fight to stop proposed Federal Government laws forcing pokie players to register for a card and set daily bet limits.
Date: 28 June
DEUTSCHE BANK CONFIRMS DAMAGE OF WILKIE REFORMS ON CLUBS AND HOTELS
An independent analysis of Andrew Wilkie's Mandatory Pre-Commitment technology for poker machines by Deutsche Bank confirms industry predictions of a financial wipeout for clubs and pubs.
Awards for Excellence and Chef's Table
Date 28 May
DEE WHY RSL WINS CLUB OF THE YEAR
Dee Why RSL is in celebration mode after winning the biggest honor in an industry awards ceremony last night, two years in a row.
ARMIDALE WINS CLUB OF THE YEAR AGAIN
The Armidale City Bowling Club won the Small Club of the Year for a record fourth time at the ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence last night.
OAK FLATS WINS CLUB OF THE YEAR
Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club claimed the Club of the Year award for a medium club at the ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence last night.
KANDOS BATTLER WINS BUSH SPIRIT AWARD
Turning debt around, tripling membership, and supporting local sporting groups is why Kandos Returned Service Community Club has won the 2011 ClubsNSW Spirit of the Bush Award.
ELANORA COUNTRY CLUB EATS UP SECOND STATE CHEF AWARD
Elanora Country Club is in celebration mode after winning a prestigious chef competition for the second time.
PEOPLE VOTE MILTON-ULLADULLA EX-SERVOS THE BEST CLUB IN THE STATE
NSW club members who voted in ClubsNSW’s 2011 People’s Choice Award have chosen Milton-Ulladulla Ex-Servos as the best registered club in the state.
LOCAL CLUBS CLEAN UP WITH 8 STATE AWARDS
Clubs in south western Sydney scored the most honors at the ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence dinner last night, winning 8 awards between 5 clubs.
WESTERN SYDNEY CLUBS CLEAN UP AT STATE INDUSTRY AWARDS
Three western Sydney clubs took out three different awards at the 2011 ClubsNSW Awards For Excellence dinner last night.
NEWCASTLE PANTHERS IS TOP ENTERTAINER SECOND TIME AROUND
Newcastle Panthers is in celebration mode after singing and dancing its way to win a major industry award for the second year in a row.
CENTRAL COAST CLUBS WIN TWO STATE INDUSTRY AWARDS
Central Coast clubs Diggers @ The Entrance and Wyong Rugby League Club have won two of the top state awards at the ClubsNSW Awards For Excellence dinner in Sydney last night.
OLD BAR WINS AGAIN FOR ENTERTAINMENT
Club Old Bar has won the Best Club Entertainment Award at the ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence for the second year in a row.
MOONEY MOONEY CLUB SWEET WITH STATE FOOD AWARD
The chefs at the Mooney Mooney Club have received their just desserts in a prestigious NSW chef competition.
SYDNEY CLUBS EAT UP STATE DINING AWARDS
Sydney clubs took out three dining awards at the 2011 ClubsNSW Awards For Excellence dinner last night, with another in the Shire honored for their community contributions.
AMERICAN CLUB SYDNEY WINS AWARD FOR BEST DEVELOPMENT
The American Club Sydney won the Best Club Development in the ClubsNSW Awards For Excellence dinner last night.
WILKIE RE-WRITES GILLARD AGREEMENT
Andrew Wilkie’s admission that gamblers will need to register for a card to play a poker machine ends an 8 month charade by he and Nick Xenophon.
Date: 25 April
CLUBS REJECT FRUIT MACHINES
A plan reported in today’s Daily Telegraph to replace half of Australia’s poker machines with low intensity “fruit” machines will cost clubs and hotels $3 billion to install.
Date: 12 April
CLUBS DEMAND WILKIE BACK UP SMEAR CLAIMS OR APOLOGISE TO INDUSTRY
ClubsAustralia is shocked and offended by claims made by Andrew Wilkie of a supposed industry generated smear campaign involving his time as a cadet at Duntroon. This allegation is absolutely without basis and should be immediately withdrawn or passed to police for further investigation.
Date: 12 April
ONLY TWO WEEKS TO GO TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE CLUB
Make sure to vote for your favourite club in the ClubsNSW People’s Choice Award and win a luxurious Gold Coast holiday. The competition closing date to tell ClubsNSW why you think your club deserves the 2011 People’s Choice Award is approaching soon, so get your entry in before 11.59pm on Thursday April 21.
Date: 11 April
A LICENCE TO PUNT IS UN-AUSTRALIAN
Australia’s clubs and pubs have today launched a national campaign (www.its-unaustralian.com.au) which brands the proposed licence to punt on the pokies as un-Australian.
Date: 1 April
CAN YOU WALK THE WALK? YOUNG PEOPLE WANTED TO TREK THE KOKODA TRACK
Does trekking through mud and rain, across mountain ranges up to 7,000 feet above sea level while having a 20kg pack strapped to your back seem like an opportunity of a lifetime?
Date: 23 March
WILKIE’S POKIE REFORMS SET TO FAIL
The President of ClubsAustralia today said the Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie’s $3 billion poker machine reforms have been designed to deter recreational gamblers and would not stop problem gamblers from betting.
2011 People's Choice Award
People's Choice Award - Media Release
Date: 21 March
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST...WHICH NSW CLUB IS THE BEST?
What makes your club the best in all of NSW? Tell ClubsNSW why you think your club deserves the 2011 People’s Choice Award and you could win a Gold Coast holiday for two. To nominate your club for this prestigious award, and to go into the running for the trip for two people with return airfares to Jupiters at the Gold Coast, go to www.clubsnsw.com.au/peopleschoice.
For People's Choice Award media images, please click on the two web links below for high resolution JPEG images (no photo credit required):
PCA - Club Image 1
PCA - Club Image 2
Date: 4 March
RUGBY LEAGUE SPEAR TACKLED BY GOVERNMENT’S NEW POKIE LAWS
Proposed new laws agreed to by the Prime Minister and Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie that place bet limits on poker machines will cost the 14 leagues clubs that financially support teams in the NRL more than $215 million.
Date: 21 February
FLOOD RELIEF DONATIONS SHOW NO SIGN OF STOPPING FIVE WEEKS ON
Five weeks after an inland tsunami ripped through Toowoomba and south eastern Queensland, donations to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal from clubs and their members are continuing to pour in. The total amount donated by clubs and their members currently sits at $1.138 million.
Date: 4 February
CLUBS REJECT WILKIE'S POKIE PLAN
ClubsAustralia has told the parliamentary committee on gambling that the Federal Government’s plan to force limits on how much people can bet on poker machines will not reduce problem gambling. Executive Director of ClubsAustralia Anthony Ball told the committee that the technology has failed to reduce problem gambling in Norway, which is the only country in the world to have installed mandatory pre-commitment technology on poker machines.
Date: 20 January
CLUB FLOOD APPEAL FUND RAISERS CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND
Clubs across NSW will play host to hundreds of flood relief fundraising events this weekend and over the course of the next two months with all monies going to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Clubs in NSW and the ACT have already raised $400,000 for the victims of the devastating Queensland floods.